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2022-06-26 6:25:08 AM  
Winning big at slots?
 
2022-06-26 6:27:03 AM  
Serious question: Unless you're a professional gambler/card player or something similar, does anyone actually enjoy Vegas?  Everyone I know who's gone to Vegas has come back and said it's a mediocre experience and won't go back.
 
2022-06-26 6:33:32 AM  

Creoena: Serious question: Unless you're a professional gambler/card player or something similar, does anyone actually enjoy Vegas?  Everyone I know who's gone to Vegas has come back and said it's a mediocre experience and won't go back.


I do. But I have family there.
I go yearly, but besides going to a football game at the new stadium, I haven't been near the Strip in years.
In the evening I spend my time in the Arts District. I don't think there is a single machine or table there, unless you count the convenience stores.
 
2022-06-26 6:35:11 AM  

freddyV: Creoena: Serious question: Unless you're a professional gambler/card player or something similar, does anyone actually enjoy Vegas?  Everyone I know who's gone to Vegas has come back and said it's a mediocre experience and won't go back.

I do. But I have family there.
I go yearly, but besides going to a football game at the new stadium, I haven't been near the Strip in years.
In the evening I spend my time in the Arts District. I don't think there is a single machine or table there, unless you count the convenience stores.


The wife and I have a work trip for her coming up. Is there anything you'd recommend in the arts district to check out?
 
2022-06-26 6:39:52 AM  

Creoena: Serious question: Unless you're a professional gambler/card player or something similar, does anyone actually enjoy Vegas?  Everyone I know who's gone to Vegas has come back and said it's a mediocre experience and won't go back.


uppity goobers who are too high-falutin' for Biloxi and too young for Branson
 
2022-06-26 6:45:19 AM  

freddyV: Creoena: Serious question: Unless you're a professional gambler/card player or something similar, does anyone actually enjoy Vegas?  Everyone I know who's gone to Vegas has come back and said it's a mediocre experience and won't go back.

I do. But I have family there.
I go yearly, but besides going to a football game at the new stadium, I haven't been near the Strip in years.
In the evening I spend my time in the Arts District. I don't think there is a single machine or table there, unless you count the convenience stores.


I happen to be in Vegas for First Friday.

I'll have to go
 
2022-06-26 6:46:54 AM  

Creoena: Serious question: Unless you're a professional gambler/card player or something similar, does anyone actually enjoy Vegas?  Everyone I know who's gone to Vegas has come back and said it's a mediocre experience and won't go back.


My dad went there a while back, as part of a business trip.

He compared it to the fake town in Blazing Saddles. Yes, it looks good. But beneath the facade, it's a lot of nothing.

Make of that what you will.
 
2022-06-26 6:47:34 AM  

crustysandman: freddyV: Creoena: Serious question: Unless you're a professional gambler/card player or something similar, does anyone actually enjoy Vegas?  Everyone I know who's gone to Vegas has come back and said it's a mediocre experience and won't go back.

I do. But I have family there.
I go yearly, but besides going to a football game at the new stadium, I haven't been near the Strip in years.
In the evening I spend my time in the Arts District. I don't think there is a single machine or table there, unless you count the convenience stores.

The wife and I have a work trip for her coming up. Is there anything you'd recommend in the arts district to check out?


In the daytime it's a bunch of eccentric stores. Some 2nd hand stores with unique items, and other shops. In the evening there's a bunch of restaurants and bars. If you like BBQ, there is an above average place there with the pits outside. It's called Soulbelly. Ester's is a nice Italian place. Jammyland does Jamican food. There's also a nice TexMex place across from Soulbelly I can't remember the name of.
If you like craft beer try Three Sheets or CraftHouse. I believe those open in the evening.
The Velventeen Rabbit has unique cocktails. ReBar is a nice little bar.
If you are taking Uber or a Cab, checkout Atomic Liquors. It's not in the Arts District. It's closer to downtown. I think it was the first place to have a liquor license outside of a casino in Vegas. People used to sit on the roof of the bar and watch the mushroom clouds from atomic testing. They have pics there and the HUGE bouncer told me all about the history of the place.
Depending on what part of town you are staying, I could give other advice as well.
 
2022-06-26 6:54:43 AM  

Gubbo: freddyV: Creoena: Serious question: Unless you're a professional gambler/card player or something similar, does anyone actually enjoy Vegas?  Everyone I know who's gone to Vegas has come back and said it's a mediocre experience and won't go back.

I do. But I have family there.
I go yearly, but besides going to a football game at the new stadium, I haven't been near the Strip in years.
In the evening I spend my time in the Arts District. I don't think there is a single machine or table there, unless you count the convenience stores.

I happen to be in Vegas for First Friday.

I'll have to go


There are lots of places in Vegas that are really neat. On the west side there is a great outdoor mall. Expensive. It's right next to where the Aviators play, the baseball stadium. There's also in indoor ice rink where a minor junior league and kids play hockey. Plus a few blocks away a couple good bars. Nice way to spend an evening, if you are into minor league sports.
 
2022-06-26 6:55:28 AM  
Semi-related CSB: While I do tend to like my wife's family better than my own, namely her mom, one area where that goes by the boards is politically. Most of her father's family is right-wing. My wife's generation has wholly split and headed the opposite direction, perhaps because it's also the first college-educated generation, as well as the first more-citified one. But the relatives who can say they were alive in the 1970s or earlier all drink the red Kool-Aid. My own father is one of my favorite people on the planet, no matter what my mom said about him and his family through most of my childhood, and he was a civil servant in state government, so the whole "smaller government, government is bad" thing has never won me over because, well, you're calling my dad, his co-workers and everything he did bad. No, he helped unemployed and low-income people find work, which is noble, and also, screw you.

Anyhow, the reason I bring this up is because almost everyone in my wife's family loves to do the casino thing.

One uncle-in-law and his wife are squarely in the TFG-loving, pandemic-denying, often irrationally angry, rarely calm and logical, Evangelical rural Kentucky demographic, and, accordingly, basically refused to stop living life in any way after the initial lockdown. This included going to the casino.

The casino they went to, however, at least had a policy during the pandemic, though: Wear a mask, unless you're eating, drinking ... or smoking. It doesn't make sense to me, either, but whatever.

So what did these folks do? Buy fake cigarettes ... yes really ... so they could walk around and look like they were smoking so they wouldn't have to wear a mask.

How this was less inconvenient than wearing a mask is beyond me. But this was the length they went to, and I guess, when you drink the Kool-Aid, you drink the Kool-Aid.

Appendix: They told this story at a funeral luncheon for my grandfather-in-law pre-vaccine, when mask-wearing still felt like a very important thing (I believe "trust the science" is helped by us believing in the vaccines enough to avoid masks when we're vaxxed, so I don't wear one much anymore, but will gladly do so if required or prompted). Anyhow, at the luncheon, I made a point to leave my mask on and just pull it forward to eat or drink something, particularly after that story. I'm sure it kind of got their goat a little. If they would have asked, I would have said, "It's easy. Are you not capable of doing it?"
 
2022-06-26 7:20:09 AM  
I love how long modern journalism takes to get to the point of the article. We should have a tally of wasted words.
 
2022-06-26 7:26:40 AM  

Creoena: Serious question: Unless you're a professional gambler/card player or something similar, does anyone actually enjoy Vegas?  Everyone I know who's gone to Vegas has come back and said it's a mediocre experience and won't go back.


I don't generally care for tourist traps on the whole. Vegas is just a giant tourist trap.

I'm from Wisconsin, where we have Wisconsin Dells, which is also a tourist trap, and I've often said Vegas is just the Dells with less nature and mini-golf and a lot more gambling.

I don't care to gamble, so Vegas does nothing for me in that regard. I have had to go every-so-often, but it doesn't appeal to me. It's expensive, even without the gambling. The days of cheap buffets, or cheap anything, are gone. Plus, everything feels so commoditized to the point of being cold and obvious. The shows I've seen all seem to move so fast, probably because they want you to get back in the casino and gamble. I have partaken in one or two gentlemen's clubs there, where again, so expensive and goodness are the talent is pushy and quick to try and make the sale, moreso than in other such establishments I've visited elsewhere. Some folks like the whole fast car rental and big-weapon shooting stuff in the desert; that's not for me. I've typically gone with a significant other for events, so trying to do the whole "what happens in Vegas" thing of meeting other folks looking to party isn't something we've done. The one thing I did kind of want to do there, Top Golf, was so crowded that the wait for a bay was longer than the time window I set aside for it, plus, the significant other does not golf, so a bay just for me alone feels like an expensive waste. Looking at the crazy architecture, like walking around or through New York New York, is kind of fun, but also depressing when you remember it was all paid for by people losing money gambling.

Related: The Dells is very nice if you do it right. Go when the weather is nice but tourism season isn't in full swing so you can take a boat tour and enjoy the natural beauty without feeling like there are tens of jet skis and boats whizzing past you the whole ride and ruining the experience. Find simpler, smaller pleasures, like the free petting zoo at one of the mini-golf courses. Eat at the nicer restaurants. Consider staying outside the Dells proper to escape the craziness and prices; I recommend Reedsburg. Avoid anything that feels gimicky unless it really speaks to you. Top Secret sucks. Ripley's isn't all that great. Mt. Olympus isn't all that great. While the Tommy Bartlett waterskiing show being gone feels like a loss because of the tradition, the general demise of the Bartlett empire doesn't feel like one. I'm a root beer connoisseur, so while I just enjoyed the idea they have a root beer museum, I would have been underwhelmed if I wasn't as much of a root beer fan as I am. Note, I'm 40 and have no kids, so your experience may be different if you're doing the family thing.

Yeah, neither's for me. Maybe you have to be into different stuff than I'm into.

freddyV: The Velventeen Rabbit has unique cocktails.


Oddly enough, I have been to Velveteen Rabbit. If you're into kind of Bohemian bars that are small, dark, in run-down parts of town but are quirky, cool and have a very unpretentious but still artsy vibe, yes, go. It's in a part of town that has a lot of single-story buildings, thrift/resale shops, people of the earth and very little glamor. If you want to kinda get away from Vegas in Vegas, that's a good part of town to visit, though you might want to stick to doing so in the daytime. I also remember the bartender when I went was cute enough for me to remember she was cute.
 
2022-06-26 7:27:43 AM  

untoldforce: I love how long modern journalism takes to get to the point of the article. We should have a tally of wasted words.


I feel like the "write the article to maximize the number of ads someone has to load and scroll through" style needs to be given some sort of name. Clickbait comes close, but this feels like a more-specific type of it unto itself.
 
2022-06-26 7:33:06 AM  

Creoena: Serious question: Unless you're a professional gambler/card player or something similar, does anyone actually enjoy Vegas?  Everyone I know who's gone to Vegas has come back and said it's a mediocre experience and won't go back.


I've ran the Rock and Roll half marathon there twice, and that's pretty cool. They do it at night and close down the strip to cars so you run through all the lights of the casinos. I enjoyed that quite a bit.
 
2022-06-26 7:36:13 AM  

Creoena: Serious question: Unless you're a professional gambler/card player or something similar, does anyone actually enjoy Vegas?  Everyone I know who's gone to Vegas has come back and said it's a mediocre experience and won't go back.


Went there for my honeymoon a few years back. Overall it was enjoyable, and there were a couple of good shows in town. But as with most things, the best part about the trip  was the company.
 
2022-06-26 7:50:25 AM  

freddyV: Depending on what part of town you are staying, I could give other advice as well.


We're staying at the Mandalay, and should have a car.
 
2022-06-26 8:06:07 AM  

crustysandman: freddyV: Depending on what part of town you are staying, I could give other advice as well.

We're staying at the Mandalay, and should have a car.


If you head to the Arts District, I'd take a cab or Uber depending on what evening you do. Parking could be a problem. I'm not sure if there are any parking lots there. Street spots could in lighted areas fill up on weekends. I just walk, since my relatives live bout 6 blocks away.
If you head to Atomic Liquors, take the car. There is a big parking lot right across the street.
You can also take the car to the ball park area I mentioned in another post.
You can also drive to the Neon Museum. I think a guided tour is like $30 per person. It opens in the evening. They have an interesting light show. Overall they have some of the huge neon lights from casinos that have been torn down. A bit of interesting Vegas history.
Less than a mile away is the Natural History Museum. Last time I went there was 3 or 4 years ago. They had an interesting exhibit of local artifacts from dig sights.
There is also a haunted museum kind of between the Arts District and Fremont. If you are into that kind of thing it is interesting, if not, you'd see it as a scam.
On a personal note, my cousin has a 2nd hand store that funds her dog rescue. They sometimes get high dollar women's clothes (worn once) they sell at a huge discount. They also get some other high dollar stuff occasionally. But they also have lots of smaller things. If you are interested I can give you the address. You'd need to drive to that.
 
2022-06-26 8:35:48 AM  

Creoena: Serious question: Unless you're a professional gambler/card player or something similar, does anyone actually enjoy Vegas?  Everyone I know who's gone to Vegas has come back and said it's a mediocre experience and won't go back.


I just got back from visiting family.
1. Fremont Street (sorry: "The Fremont Street Experience") is a trashy hell-hole. I really miss being able to drive down the old Fremont Street.
2. The Strip: The casinos used to be set far back from the street. Now everything is built out right up to the sidewalk. Claustrophobic.
3. AAA Baseball. I used to go see the LV Stars, then the LV 51s when they were downtown at Cashman Field. Good times. The Aviators now play at a new stadium out in Summerland. Nice stadium, but a bit of a drive.
4. The Neon Museum is a fun visit to see a lot of old signs up close and lean some of the history. Go at night for obvious reasons
5.The arts district is just ok. Most of the artists aren't there anymore. It's mostly overpriced antiques (meh) and breweries (yay!).
6. The absolute treasure that a friend took me to is Silver Stamp, a beer bar near the arts district. A dark, little hole-in-the-wall that looks like it's been there for decades, but is only a couple of years old. They have a large, well-currated selection of beer from around the world, and the young couple running it are passionate about it. You wouldn't know it was there if you weren't looking for it, but well worth seeking out.
 
2022-06-26 8:42:32 AM  

freddyV: crustysandman: freddyV: Depending on what part of town you are staying, I could give other advice as well.

We're staying at the Mandalay, and should have a car.

If you head to the Arts District, I'd take a cab or Uber depending on what evening you do. Parking could be a problem. I'm not sure if there are any parking lots there. Street spots could in lighted areas fill up on weekends. I just walk, since my relatives live bout 6 blocks away.
If you head to Atomic Liquors, take the car. There is a big parking lot right across the street.
You can also take the car to the ball park area I mentioned in another post.
You can also drive to the Neon Museum. I think a guided tour is like $30 per person. It opens in the evening. They have an interesting light show. Overall they have some of the huge neon lights from casinos that have been torn down. A bit of interesting Vegas history.
Less than a mile away is the Natural History Museum. Last time I went there was 3 or 4 years ago. They had an interesting exhibit of local artifacts from dig sights.
There is also a haunted museum kind of between the Arts District and Fremont. If you are into that kind of thing it is interesting, if not, you'd see it as a scam.
On a personal note, my cousin has a 2nd hand store that funds her dog rescue. They sometimes get high dollar women's clothes (worn once) they sell at a huge discount. They also get some other high dollar stuff occasionally. But they also have lots of smaller things. If you are interested I can give you the address. You'd need to drive to that.



Thanks for the tips. I only had drive fast cars in a circle, eat more local than a casino, and check out the weed scene a bit. I'm not the biggest gambler, but will play 20 bucks here and there. By that I mean slots once a decade, and I typically lose.

The address would be great! My wardrobe is chock full of 2nd hand & vintage clothing, and the wife enjoys good fashion, especially if she can get it on the cheap!
Is there anywhere with vintage mechanical slots for sale? I have a 1973 pachinko machine already, and would love to expand my collection with a western machine.
 
2022-06-26 8:47:27 AM  

Creoena: Serious question: Unless you're a professional gambler/card player or something similar, does anyone actually enjoy Vegas?  Everyone I know who's gone to Vegas has come back and said it's a mediocre experience and won't go back.


I used to go regularly with a previous job, the town as a convention town is really hard to top. In my 20s I had delusions of being a professional poker player, I was good but not that good, I did get the down payment to my house on a bad beat jackpot.  This was all 15-20 years ago when Vegas was moving away from the family friendly insanity..  I have not been there in 10 years but it was fun at that time if you went for the conventions or the gambling everything else I considered fluff.  While you can gamble in many many other parts of the country these days, the continued allure of Vegas is the multitude places to play.  That said my friends who still visit regularly say the gambling isn't as good as it once was.  Finding a high Energy Craps table is difficult.
 
2022-06-26 8:51:51 AM  

crustysandman: freddyV: crustysandman: freddyV: Depending on what part of town you are staying, I could give other advice as well.

We're staying at the Mandalay, and should have a car.

If you head to the Arts District, I'd take a cab or Uber depending on what evening you do. Parking could be a problem. I'm not sure if there are any parking lots there. Street spots could in lighted areas fill up on weekends. I just walk, since my relatives live bout 6 blocks away.
If you head to Atomic Liquors, take the car. There is a big parking lot right across the street.
You can also take the car to the ball park area I mentioned in another post.
You can also drive to the Neon Museum. I think a guided tour is like $30 per person. It opens in the evening. They have an interesting light show. Overall they have some of the huge neon lights from casinos that have been torn down. A bit of interesting Vegas history.
Less than a mile away is the Natural History Museum. Last time I went there was 3 or 4 years ago. They had an interesting exhibit of local artifacts from dig sights.
There is also a haunted museum kind of between the Arts District and Fremont. If you are into that kind of thing it is interesting, if not, you'd see it as a scam.
On a personal note, my cousin has a 2nd hand store that funds her dog rescue. They sometimes get high dollar women's clothes (worn once) they sell at a huge discount. They also get some other high dollar stuff occasionally. But they also have lots of smaller things. If you are interested I can give you the address. You'd need to drive to that.


Thanks for the tips. I only had drive fast cars in a circle, eat more local than a casino, and check out the weed scene a bit. I'm not the biggest gambler, but will play 20 bucks here and there. By that I mean slots once a decade, and I typically lose.

The address would be great! My wardrobe is chock full of 2nd hand & vintage clothing, and the wife enjoys good fashion, especially if she can get it on the cheap!
Is ther ...


Her store is 4324 N Decatur Blvd,

Those stores in the Arts District usually have some older machines. Not exactly sure what you are in the market for. I bought some old Hollywood movie lights. They have some cool stuff.
I know I've seen signs about buying machines around, but since I'm not in the market, I never checked those stores out. You'd have to google that.
Hope you have a great time. If you have other questions, just ask.
 
2022-06-26 8:52:57 AM  
Mass shootings at goober music festivals?
 
2022-06-26 8:53:48 AM  

freddyV: crustysandman: freddyV: Creoena: Serious question: Unless you're a professional gambler/card player or something similar, does anyone actually enjoy Vegas?  Everyone I know who's gone to Vegas has come back and said it's a mediocre experience and won't go back.

I do. But I have family there.
I go yearly, but besides going to a football game at the new stadium, I haven't been near the Strip in years.
In the evening I spend my time in the Arts District. I don't think there is a single machine or table there, unless you count the convenience stores.

The wife and I have a work trip for her coming up. Is there anything you'd recommend in the arts district to check out?

In the daytime it's a bunch of eccentric stores. Some 2nd hand stores with unique items, and other shops. In the evening there's a bunch of restaurants and bars. If you like BBQ, there is an above average place there with the pits outside. It's called Soulbelly. Ester's is a nice Italian place. Jammyland does Jamican food. There's also a nice TexMex place across from Soulbelly I can't remember the name of.
If you like craft beer try Three Sheets or CraftHouse. I believe those open in the evening.
The Velventeen Rabbit has unique cocktails. ReBar is a nice little bar.
If you are taking Uber or a Cab, checkout Atomic Liquors. It's not in the Arts District. It's closer to downtown. I think it was the first place to have a liquor license outside of a casino in Vegas. People used to sit on the roof of the bar and watch the mushroom clouds from atomic testing. They have pics there and the HUGE bouncer told me all about the history of the place.
Depending on what part of town you are staying, I could give other advice as well.


Where do I stay if I want a quiet pool, quiet coffee in the morning, and smoke free? I like to meet my east coast friends there. I don't care for strip.
 
2022-06-26 8:55:36 AM  

untoldforce: I love how long modern journalism takes to get to the point of the article. We should have a tally of wasted words.


The "sin" angle that went on an on made me want to check to see if this was written for The Baptist Times.
 
2022-06-26 8:58:56 AM  

Devo: freddyV: crustysandman: freddyV: Creoena: Serious question: Unless you're a professional gambler/card player or something similar, does anyone actually enjoy Vegas?  Everyone I know who's gone to Vegas has come back and said it's a mediocre experience and won't go back.

I do. But I have family there.
I go yearly, but besides going to a football game at the new stadium, I haven't been near the Strip in years.
In the evening I spend my time in the Arts District. I don't think there is a single machine or table there, unless you count the convenience stores.

The wife and I have a work trip for her coming up. Is there anything you'd recommend in the arts district to check out?

In the daytime it's a bunch of eccentric stores. Some 2nd hand stores with unique items, and other shops. In the evening there's a bunch of restaurants and bars. If you like BBQ, there is an above average place there with the pits outside. It's called Soulbelly. Ester's is a nice Italian place. Jammyland does Jamican food. There's also a nice TexMex place across from Soulbelly I can't remember the name of.
If you like craft beer try Three Sheets or CraftHouse. I believe those open in the evening.
The Velventeen Rabbit has unique cocktails. ReBar is a nice little bar.
If you are taking Uber or a Cab, checkout Atomic Liquors. It's not in the Arts District. It's closer to downtown. I think it was the first place to have a liquor license outside of a casino in Vegas. People used to sit on the roof of the bar and watch the mushroom clouds from atomic testing. They have pics there and the HUGE bouncer told me all about the history of the place.
Depending on what part of town you are staying, I could give other advice as well.

Where do I stay if I want a quiet pool, quiet coffee in the morning, and smoke free? I like to meet my east coast friends there. I don't care for strip.


total non-smoking will be near impossible. But most I've been into have smoking and non smoking areas. I always stay at relatives houses, so not sure bout the quiet part of the pool. But away from the Strip, Red Rocks casino is nice. I have seen the pool and it's nice. I saw more adults there than kids. Hope that helps.
 
2022-06-26 9:07:04 AM  
Going to Vegas just to see the lights, and visit the Hoover Dam is worth the trip on its own. There were some nice shows when I went there long time ago. And I always liked getting up early to watch the sunrise over the mountains.
 
2022-06-26 9:11:46 AM  

Creoena: Serious question: Unless you're a professional gambler/card player or something similar, does anyone actually enjoy Vegas?  Everyone I know who's gone to Vegas has come back and said it's a mediocre experience and won't go back.


Go for the outdoor lifestyle. That's why a lot of people live there. Red Rock Canyon, Mt Charleston, and Valley of fire are all just outside the city. Grand Canyon and Death Valley are also both an easy day trip. Don't waste your time at the Casinos or night clubs. Fremont St is worth walking down one night. See one of the Cirque de Sollei (I probably misspelled) shows while you're there.
 
2022-06-26 9:28:56 AM  
Uh, Hello? There's one reason to go to Vegas above all others, (if you don't live in CA or a few other places.) IN-N-OUT!

Outdoor lifestyle? How about no, from mid April thru mid October. Soon as the soon comes up you'll know why that King of the Hill meme about Phoenix is no joke. Even in FL the sun wasn't burning hot at 5:30 AM.
 
2022-06-26 9:39:06 AM  

Creoena: Serious question: Unless you're a professional gambler/card player or something similar, does anyone actually enjoy Vegas?  Everyone I know who's gone to Vegas has come back and said it's a mediocre experience and won't go back.


Over the last two decades, corporate interests have taken over and wiped out the low end casinos on the strip while chasing high rollers and the ultra wealthy. This sent the bread and butter customers downtown. Now they are trying to do the same there.
It's sad... I miss the free impersonator shows at the Ho, I miss the easy parking at the Frontier... $1 craps we're the most fun to be had... All gone. The buffets are still crappy but three times the price they should be. At least mobsters made sure you had a good time and came back... And when you came back, they remembered your name
 
2022-06-26 10:28:13 AM  

freddyV: crustysandman: freddyV: Depending on what part of town you are staying, I could give other advice as well.

We're staying at the Mandalay, and should have a car.

If you head to the Arts District, I'd take a cab or Uber depending on what evening you do. Parking could be a problem. I'm not sure if there are any parking lots there. Street spots could in lighted areas fill up on weekends. I just walk, since my relatives live bout 6 blocks away.
If you head to Atomic Liquors, take the car. There is a big parking lot right across the street.
You can also take the car to the ball park area I mentioned in another post.
You can also drive to the Neon Museum. I think a guided tour is like $30 per person. It opens in the evening. They have an interesting light show. Overall they have some of the huge neon lights from casinos that have been torn down. A bit of interesting Vegas history.
Less than a mile away is the Natural History Museum. Last time I went there was 3 or 4 years ago. They had an interesting exhibit of local artifacts from dig sights.
There is also a haunted museum kind of between the Arts District and Fremont. If you are into that kind of thing it is interesting, if not, you'd see it as a scam.
On a personal note, my cousin has a 2nd hand store that funds her dog rescue. They sometimes get high dollar women's clothes (worn once) they sell at a huge discount. They also get some other high dollar stuff occasionally. But they also have lots of smaller things. If you are interested I can give you the address. You'd need to drive to that.


Glad to see a mention of the Neon Museum - if you want to go, make sure you make an online reservation first.
 
2022-06-26 10:33:00 AM  

nucal: freddyV: crustysandman: freddyV: Depending on what part of town you are staying, I could give other advice as well.

We're staying at the Mandalay, and should have a car.

If you head to the Arts District, I'd take a cab or Uber depending on what evening you do. Parking could be a problem. I'm not sure if there are any parking lots there. Street spots could in lighted areas fill up on weekends. I just walk, since my relatives live bout 6 blocks away.
If you head to Atomic Liquors, take the car. There is a big parking lot right across the street.
You can also take the car to the ball park area I mentioned in another post.
You can also drive to the Neon Museum. I think a guided tour is like $30 per person. It opens in the evening. They have an interesting light show. Overall they have some of the huge neon lights from casinos that have been torn down. A bit of interesting Vegas history.
Less than a mile away is the Natural History Museum. Last time I went there was 3 or 4 years ago. They had an interesting exhibit of local artifacts from dig sights.
There is also a haunted museum kind of between the Arts District and Fremont. If you are into that kind of thing it is interesting, if not, you'd see it as a scam.
On a personal note, my cousin has a 2nd hand store that funds her dog rescue. They sometimes get high dollar women's clothes (worn once) they sell at a huge discount. They also get some other high dollar stuff occasionally. But they also have lots of smaller things. If you are interested I can give you the address. You'd need to drive to that.

Glad to see a mention of the Neon Museum - if you want to go, make sure you make an online reservation first.


Never really thought about that. I have an in, so never had to worry bout that.
 
2022-06-26 10:45:26 AM  
Did that dumpster fire of a clickbait website ever explain what the bad habit was? I gave up looking.
 
2022-06-26 11:02:55 AM  

Creoena: Serious question: Unless you're a professional gambler/card player or something similar, does anyone actually enjoy Vegas?  Everyone I know who's gone to Vegas has come back and said it's a mediocre experience and won't go back.


Mrs Clam and I enjoy it. We don't gamble or go to shows, but we enjoy walking around, people watching, window shopping, and enjoying the heavily themed stuff at the nicer hotels on the strip. I usually stay at the Venetian for conferences and like to walk around the canal. Mrs Clam investigates restaurants before we go, so we plan our nights around her reservations (check out Lotus of Siam). I'm also a huge fan of Frankie's Tiki Room. (Golden Tiki is okay, but less fun).

There's a yarn shop in town, and Mrs Clam keeps meaning to drop by for knit night, but we haven't managed it yet.

Disclaimer: Everything's better at the high-end casinos.
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2022-06-26 11:15:05 AM  

Creoena: Serious question: Unless you're a professional gambler/card player or something similar, does anyone actually enjoy Vegas?  Everyone I know who's gone to Vegas has come back and said it's a mediocre experience and won't go back.


I went to Vegas once.  I spent the entire time playing poker with the exception of the night that I went to see Penn and Teller.

3 stories about that trip:
1. I came in 16th place out of 250 in a tournament.  15th place paid $2000.  So I was a little miffed about that.
2. Later that day I got a 4-of-a-kind, and beat someone that had a straight.  I won enough on that one had that it paid for my trip.
3. This is the best...  One of the guys we were there with insisted that he couldn't come play with us because he had to go and get a haircut.  When we met up with him later, I joked that his hair looked great, because it in fact looked the same as before.
When I told my wife this story later she said, "What are you an idiot?  Prostitution is legal out there."  "oooooh...  Uh, yeah, I am totally an idiot.  Because my mind didn't go there at all!"
 
2022-06-26 11:17:30 AM  

durbnpoisn: When I told my wife this story later she said, "What are you an idiot?  Prostitution is legal out there."  "oooooh...  Uh, yeah, I am totally an idiot.  Because my mind didn't go there at all!"


Oh yeah, that reminds me. If you're in your hotel room and bored, check out the yellow pages.
 
2022-06-26 11:37:45 AM  

Creoena: Serious question: Unless you're a professional gambler/card player or something similar, does anyone actually enjoy Vegas?  Everyone I know who's gone to Vegas has come back and said it's a mediocre experience and won't go back.


I was just there a couple of weeks ago and it's worst now than it was pre-pandemic (this was my 1st trip there in 5 years). It's a glorified tourist trap. It looks glamorous from afar, but when you see it up close; it really isn't good. Everything's way overpriced and, to tie in to the article; in some places; all you can smell is cigarette smoke.

/where I am in Colorado, you can't smoke in any casino and they do just fine
//Vegas will be fine if/when they ban smoking & vaping
 
2022-06-26 12:06:30 PM  

Creoena: Serious question: Unless you're a professional gambler/card player or something similar, does anyone actually enjoy Vegas?  Everyone I know who's gone to Vegas has come back and said it's a mediocre experience and won't go back.


I was just in Las Vegas for a work trip and man, the simultaneous mix of nostalgia and PTSD was pretty overpowering.

It's an awful place. They should burn it to the ground, and charge admission to watch
 
2022-06-26 12:14:08 PM  
"How will we light up Las Vegas?"

Best answer is still the same as always - light the mother on fire.
 
2022-06-26 12:15:37 PM  

lincoln65: Creoena: Serious question: Unless you're a professional gambler/card player or something similar, does anyone actually enjoy Vegas?  Everyone I know who's gone to Vegas has come back and said it's a mediocre experience and won't go back.

I was just in Las Vegas for a work trip and man, the simultaneous mix of nostalgia and PTSD was pretty overpowering.

It's an awful place. They should burn it to the ground, and charge admission to watch


Been to Vegas a few times on business.  The strip is a useless piece of shiat that gets in the way of some very nice views of scenic mountains.
 
2022-06-26 12:20:29 PM  

Pfighting Polish: untoldforce: I love how long modern journalism takes to get to the point of the article. We should have a tally of wasted words.

I feel like the "write the article to maximize the number of ads someone has to load and scroll through" style needs to be given some sort of name. Clickbait comes close, but this feels like a more-specific type of it unto itself.


Ow, My Balls?

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2022-06-26 12:27:27 PM  

durbnpoisn: Creoena: Serious question: Unless you're a professional gambler/card player or something similar, does anyone actually enjoy Vegas?  Everyone I know who's gone to Vegas has come back and said it's a mediocre experience and won't go back.

I went to Vegas once.  I spent the entire time playing poker with the exception of the night that I went to see Penn and Teller.

3 stories about that trip:
1. I came in 16th place out of 250 in a tournament.  15th place paid $2000.  So I was a little miffed about that.
2. Later that day I got a 4-of-a-kind, and beat someone that had a straight.  I won enough on that one had that it paid for my trip.
3. This is the best...  One of the guys we were there with insisted that he couldn't come play with us because he had to go and get a haircut.  When we met up with him later, I joked that his hair looked great, because it in fact looked the same as before.
When I told my wife this story later she said, "What are you an idiot?  Prostitution is legal out there."  "oooooh...  Uh, yeah, I am totally an idiot.  Because my mind didn't go there at all!"


Prostitution is legal in Nevada but illegal in Clark county. The closest is the Chicken Ranch in Pahrump. I'm told it's disappointing at best.
 
2022-06-26 12:29:26 PM  

durbnpoisn: Creoena: Serious question: Unless you're a professional gambler/card player or something similar, does anyone actually enjoy Vegas?  Everyone I know who's gone to Vegas has come back and said it's a mediocre experience and won't go back.

I went to Vegas once.  I spent the entire time playing poker with the exception of the night that I went to see Penn and Teller.

3 stories about that trip:
1. I came in 16th place out of 250 in a tournament.  15th place paid $2000.  So I was a little miffed about that.
2. Later that day I got a 4-of-a-kind, and beat someone that had a straight.  I won enough on that one had that it paid for my trip.
3. This is the best...  One of the guys we were there with insisted that he couldn't come play with us because he had to go and get a haircut.  When we met up with him later, I joked that his hair looked great, because it in fact looked the same as before.
When I told my wife this story later she said, "What are you an idiot?  Prostitution is legal out there."  "oooooh...  Uh, yeah, I am totally an idiot.  Because my mind didn't go there at all!"


You may be aware that prostitution is illegal in Clark county, so legal prostitution is over an hour away. Surely illegal prostitution happens like at any large gathering of out-of-towners; conventions, sports championship/all-star games, etc.
 
2022-06-26 12:46:18 PM  
Ha. The lot of ya. Bunch of "dont like what I dont like" ers up in here.

Vegas is a good time if you know how to have fun with it.

If Macau can ban smoking, Vegas sure could. The pandemic changed that. Indian casinos banned it and have lost little by doing so.
 
2022-06-26 1:16:47 PM  
Go during Halloween. The weather is better as in you won't flash fry on the sidewalk. The costumes some people come up with are amazing.
 
2022-06-26 2:29:37 PM  
As long as they dont ban the girls walking around wearing just band aids for tops
 
2022-06-26 3:34:24 PM  

Ass_Master_Flash: Ha. The lot of ya. Bunch of "dont like what I dont like" ers up in here.

Vegas is a good time if you know how to have fun with it.

If Macau can ban smoking, Vegas sure could. The pandemic changed that. Indian casinos banned it and have lost little by doing so.


I don't know if this is a "stop liking what I don't like" thread as much as a lot people are just saying they've done Vegas and found out it's not their vibe. I don't think anyone's like, "You shouldn't enjoy it." Some people do. Some don't. Whatever floats your boat.

Another thing to add to my list of "Vegas is meh" things from above: Hooray, if you like weed, Vegas has embraced it. I personally don't, so ... meh.
 
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2022-06-26 3:47:14 PM  

Creoena: Serious question: Unless you're a professional gambler/card player or something similar, does anyone actually enjoy Vegas?  Everyone I know who's gone to Vegas has come back and said it's a mediocre experience and won't go back.


I know people who love it. I'm not one of those people.

For me, my favorite part is leaving and going to a nature area nearby. Red Rock Canyon, Mount Charleston, Vally of Fire, and Corn Creek are all awesome.
 
2022-06-26 3:51:57 PM  

Fear the Clam: Disclaimer: Everything's better at the high-end casinos.


I truly do not think I'd be able to spend any length of a time at a place called "Snackus Maximus" without laughing at the name. It would be hard for me to order because I'd be laughing so much.
 
2022-06-26 4:13:50 PM  

Pfighting Polish: Fear the Clam: Disclaimer: Everything's better at the high-end casinos.

I truly do not think I'd be able to spend any length of a time at a place called "Snackus Maximus" without laughing at the name. It would be hard for me to order because I'd be laughing so much.


Wait until Thnakuth hears about this!

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2022-06-26 5:47:16 PM  

Creoena: Serious question: Unless you're a professional gambler/card player or something similar, does anyone actually enjoy Vegas?  Everyone I know who's gone to Vegas has come back and said it's a mediocre experience and won't go back.


I enjoy it for about 2 days. That's about how long it takes to just stroll the Strip and randomly check shiat out. I don't really gamble, but I can people watch for awhile. I also want to check out the Pinball Museum, the Neon Museum, and a few other things.

But that's it. About 2 days and I'm done for a few years.
 
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